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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 13, 2014

.NET Framework Open Sourced, Available for Other Platforms

Creating your own Android project is definitely a challenging task. You can of course write the entire application's code in Notepad or Nano and use some medieval sorcery to compile the APK, but there are other methods such as using IDEs. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, decided to change this and ordered .NET Framework to be open sourced. This is a huge step not only for Android, but development as a whole. Surprised? You should be. .NET Framework is...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 26, 2013

Roofer’s Guide Helps You Understand Git

If you are working with source code as a programmer writing an app or other project, you need a code revision control system. One of the most popular services used for this is git, which is widely used on sites like GitHub, Bitbucket, and Gitlab. Git is a powerful tool that works on every major operating system. It's a very handy tool, but you need some skills to use it properly. Some time ago, Conan Troutman wrote about my guide...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 4, 2013

Leading Online File Host HotFile Shut Down Permanently

HotFile.com is one of the most widely used file sharing companies, and one that has proven popular among various XDA users to distribute development works. Now, it has been shut down permanently, and their owners have to pay $80 milion, as part of a settlement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Hotfile was initially accused of piracy in 2011, when the trial begun. The MPAA requested Hotfile to pay $500 million in compensation to the movie industries affected by warez hosting....

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Will Verduzco · May 29, 2013

Looking to Improve the Sound Quality on Your Smartphone?

With all of the (often pointless) sound "tweaks" out there, it's easy to forget that the true sonic upgrades will almost invariably come from output hardware rather than software. And while some software tweaks do actually make a marked improvement on sound quality without sabotaging clarity and neutrality (Elite Recognized Developer Supercurio's Voodoo Sound and the HRTF functionality in DSPManager come to mind), much of the software tweaks are are just glorified bass-heavy equalizers (*cough*Beats*cough*) that would make any true...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 23, 2012

OSLoader is a Dual Boot Bootloader for Android on Windows CE Devices

Remember the good ole' days of XDA when life was simple, and Pocket PCs running Windows Mobile were considered state of the art? After Google disrupted the smartphone industry with the introduction of Android, a lot of developers have gotten to work trying to port the popular open-source OS to their Windows Mobile devices, the most popular result of which can be seen in the form of the immortal HTC HD2. In 2010, the Gen.Y DualBOOT project was started at XDA,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 29, 2012

Share Your Favorite XDA News Stories of 2012!

There's still a little over a month left in 2012, but we've already had quite the eventful year. This year saw the launch of Android 4.1, Android 4.2, and several flagship devices. We featured plenty of ups, plenty of downs, even more downs, and few stories that made us all ask if the whole world around us had gone slightly mad. On the XDA Developer TV front, we saw various XDA Unboxings and a series on app production by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. We were kept up-to-date on...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 28, 2012

Texas Instruments “Shift of Focus” (Read: ABANDON SHIP!)

Yesterday news surfaced across the web, which we found thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor evil_penguin, that Texas Instruments was going to "reduce their efforts" on the production and development of their not-so-popular-anymore OMAP chipsets. This report by Reuters sent a shockwave across the mobile world as one of the big chip manufacturers was thinking about getting up and leaving the market to pursue other more lucrative opportunities in other up and coming markets such as automotive and industrial applications. However, today they...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 20, 2012

HTC HD2 Android ROMs Reinvented: Introducing NativeSD

The HTC HD2 is one of those devices that has made history on XDA due to the durable and long lasting body, great hardware, and its incredible versatility. Since it was originally ported back in the 2010-2011 time frame, Android has only been getting better and better, not to mention faster on the device. It went from running from the SD card to running from NAND in a short period of time. However, people wanted more responsiveness and smoothness out...

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Pulser_G2 · Aug 14, 2012

The Smartphone: Cornerstone of Democratic Society?

Here at XDA, we tend to use the Portal to help you discover some of the amazing development that goes on which you may not have noticed. On this occasion, we're going to take a quick deviation from this to bring you some thoughts on the impact that smartphones have had on wider society, outwith the confines of the development community. Lately, no matter where you get your news from, chances are you've noticed an increase in the amount of...

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Jimmy McGee · May 25, 2012

This Week in Development: Microsoft, Motorola and Nokia – XDA TV

Join us as our friend Jordan returns for another episode of This Week in Development. Jordan begins by covering all the tutorials available on XDA, from Beginning Android ROM Development to porting LewaOS and JoyOS to your phone. Jordan then talks about the AT&T HTC One X bootloader unlock, S Voice fix, and Samsung Note international source code release. Jordan covers XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire's Windows Mobile 6 market hack and XDA Portal Administrator Will Verduzco's how to root the how to root...

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egzthunder1 · May 23, 2012

Pwning a Giant–How Chainfire Hacked Windows Marketplace

Yesterday was a sad day we all knew would eventually come---the Windows Marketplace for Windows Mobile applications finally ceased to exist, as Microsoft officially killed Windows Mobile and mostly everything related to it sometime last year.  The market brought the capability to do what Apple's Appstore was doing at the time, which was to try and centralize all the available free and paid applications so that people could easily find their favorite apps in one, single place. The introduction of...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 28, 2012

One-Click and the Simplification of Technology–Is This a Good or Bad Thing?

Here on XDA-Developers, we tend to cater to everyone's needs and wants. From the most experienced developer to the newest user, who literally just picked up his/her smartphone exactly 25 minutes ago and is curious about what it can do, anyone can find something that will get them hooked on xda and smartphone modding. The latter of the two groups normally tends to either be too busy to try and sit down and read or simply is not interested on...

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ElCondor · Feb 15, 2012

Windows Mobile Running on Windows Phone 7

What a simple tweet can do with ones heartbeat is incredible. XDA Recognized Developer Cotulla tweeted a link to a Youtube video showing what appears to be an HTC HD7 running Windows Mobile. It seems to be some kind of emulator which runs Windows Mobile 6.1 on top of Windows Phone 7. Using virtual buttons to imitate hardware buttons, the Dark Force Team (DFT) shows us that actually almost all functions work, even games play fine. By simply pressing the back...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 4, 2012

Share Your Location with Here for Windows Mobile

Have you ever been out and about, only to discover a fun new place? Perhaps you're stuck in a bad part of town and want to arrange for someone to pick you up. Whatever the case, there are plenty of occasions in which being able to send your exact location quickly and easily proves beneficial. While there are more than a few ways and dozens of apps to do this on everyone's favorite green robot, performing the same task on...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 31, 2012

Empty Those Windows Mobile Rounds with Modern Battlefield

Long after Microsoft themselves decided to jump ship from Windows Mobile to its successor Windows Phone, the developers on our lovely forums continue the tradition of making the most out of our devices, no matter what vintage the OS may be from. Unfortunately however, one area that has traditionally found difficulty in keeping pace is gaming. Generally, platforms such as Android and iOS seem to receive all the first-person shooter love with releases such as N.O.V.A and Modern Combat. Now,...

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admin · Nov 29, 2011

SPB Mobile Shell developer bought by Yandex

Anybody still remember SPB Mobile Shell, that insanely popular home screen replacement back in the heyday of Windows Mobile? Many people preferred it over other home screens plugins, like HTC's own TouchFLO/Manila, because it was so customizable. Many of the most popular threads in our Windows Mobile Themes subforum are about Mobile Shell. The company behind it, SPB, also developed lots of other high-quality applications for Windows Mobile, and eventually, with its decreasing populartiy, expanded into Android, iOS and other...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 10, 2011

Give Your WM Device A Taste Of ICS

There are several devices blessed with Windows Mobile out there that have the capability to run ports of Android with ease. These devices have severe hardware limitations when it comes to trying to simulate the user experience (no G-sensor, non-functional gps drivers, etc). Well, for those of you who have not made the jump over to a newer generation Android device and would like to have a similar experience to those who will get ICS, then check out the package...

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mic_888 · Oct 11, 2011

Compress Png To CFC With HQ – GUI

If your Windows Mobile device runs Manila, you likely know that Manila's PNG files lose quality from compression. XDA Senior Member Nixeus noted that Recognized Developer and Moderator Chainfire created a CFC GUI app, and although it is possible to create a CFC in the command line to compress in HQ, not many people know how to do that. Nixeus improved on this by keeping the HQ of the compressed PNG using Chainfire's GUI app. The program uses PngOptimizerCL to optimize...

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orb3000 · Sep 20, 2011

XDA TV WebApp

It´s no secret that XDA TV is becoming more popular every day. We love everything from seeing SassiBob showing a new app, Samcaplat reviewing things with his nice British accent, or azrienoch´s editorials telling what others don´t dare say. In order to compliment the full experience, XDA member nathanpc presents a web application to see XDA TV. As it uses WebKit, it should work on any operating system including Android, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, modern desktop browsers, and iOS. The developer...

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-PiLoT- · Sep 19, 2011

Game Changers – HTC Home

The recent XDA TV article by Azrienoch & cajunflavouredbob reminded me of the old days, when the HTC logo looked like this. Because of this, I was reminded of some of the old things released that really changed how we use and view our devices and also changed what we came to expect from the device manufacturers. The first game changer I want to look at is HTC Home. This was the first incarnation of what would eventually come to...

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